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Noem my jou metafore... Metaforiese taal as geloofstaal

E. Kloppers
Literator | Vol 24, No 1 | a281 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v24i1.281 | © 2003 E. Kloppers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 August 2003 | Published: 01 August 2003

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E. Kloppers, Departement Praktiese Teologie, Universiteit van Suid-Afrika, Pretoria, South Africa

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Name your metaphors… Metaphorical language as the language of faith

The use of metaphorical language is an inherent characteristic of all human communication. Faith is communicated by means of metaphorical language, images and imagination. In this article it is indicated how theology utilizes metaphorical ways of expression in order to communicate faith. Effective metaphors that speak to people in new and changing situations must constantly be found. A metaphorical theology is therefore essential and need to be promoted. A relevant theological metaphorology can only come about in dialogue with literature and the arts. Aspects of the so-called New Reformation are briefly discussed regarding the need to use new metaphorical ways of speaking.


Aesthetical Consciousness; Imagination; Metaphor; Metaphorology; Religious Language


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